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Summer turned out well

Fresher trawler Viðey is alongside in Reykjavík after a short trip to the Westfjords grounds. Up to now, the fresher trawlers have been fishing off the north coast for a month this summer, with catches landed in Sauðárkrókur and trucked to Reykjavík for processing.

‘We can say that the summer turned out well for us,’ said Viðey’s skipper Jóhannes Ellert Eiríksson – known as Elli.

‘It’s true that the cod vanished from the Westfjords grounds once we were into July, but we followed them and there was good fishing for cod off the north this summer. In fact, the cod were so far north that we often had to steam ten or twelve hours to Sauðárkrókur, but that’s nothing compared to steaming all the way home to Reykjavík.’

There was some excellent fishing for saithe on the Hali grounds off the Westfjords at the same time as the cod went elsewhere, but Elli said that the cod are now returning to the western areas again.

‘This time we had a short trip to the Hali grounds and had 100 tonnes of cod in 48 hours. We took a small amount of redfish off the Snæfellsnes glacier on the way back, and that was enough to finish our redfish quota for the year. We can say that this trip was to square everything before the quota New Year this weekend,’ Elli said.